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Clean Energy Plan


Executive Order No. 80 acknowledges North Carolina’s leadership in technology innovation, research and development, and skilled workforce to promote clean energy technology solutions.  It calls for market innovations that drive economic expansion and job creation to produce a smart, resilient, and a modern electric grid while balancing reliability, cost, economic growth, equity, and environmental and public health impacts.

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is charged with collaborating with businesses, industries, power providers, technology developers, North Carolina residents, local governments and other interested stakeholders to increase the utilization of clean energy technologies, energy efficiency measures, and clean transportation solutions.  DEQ is tasked to deliver the Clean Energy Plan to the Governor by October 1, 2019. 

In preparing this plan, DEQ used an open and inclusive process that solicited stakeholder input and developed a series of policy, regulatory, administrative, and program recommendations that achieve the intended vision. It is our intent that this plan will be a “living” document that provides a roadmap for pursuing our collective vision.  It can be revisited periodically as advancements in technology occur, implementation costs are reduced, and policies and regulatory actions are taking effect.

Draft Plan:      

After a robust stakeholder process, DEQ has prepared a draft of the North Carolina Clean Energy Plan for public discussion and comment. The draft plan is available for download and public comments about the draft plan may be submitted via the online form below.  

Comments will be accepted through Monday, September 9, 2019.  DEQ will consider the comments in preparing the final version of the Clean Energy Plan.  As specified in Executive Order 80, the Clean Energy Plan will be submitted to the Governor by October 1, 2019. 

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Supporting Documents

1. Energy Sector Profile & Landscape

2. Energy Resources

3. Electricity Rates & Energy Burden

4. Stakeholder Engagement Process & Comments

5. Energy & Emissions Modeling

6. Jobs & Economic Outlook

    Public Comment

    The comment period on the draft Clean Energy Plan was open from August 16 through September 9, 2019. The final plan will be submitted to the Governor by October 1.

    Learn more about the Clean Energy Development Process